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Old 09-03-2016, 08:50 AM   #1
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Which hole in the receiving hitch?

I have a 2006 Ford F-150 that I bought used. I discovered this week that there are two holes in the hitch for pins- one in what I would call the "normal"spot, and one in front of that a couple of inches.

I also have a Reese WDH, and my drop bar has two holes in it, as well.

I have been hooking this hitch up using the second hole on the hitch bar (the one closest to the ball), and the "normal" hole on the hitch (also the closest to the ball).

The hitch drop bar will go into the hitch until the second hole in it matches up with the forward hole on the pickup hitch.

Is there any reason to do that? Would it be better or worse, or no different?

I would have to change to locations of my WDH brackets on the tongue of the TT, but that's not a big deal.

My gut feeling is that having more of the drop bar inside the hitch is good...but I just don't know if that's true.

Our TT is a Salem 195BH.


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Old 09-03-2016, 09:03 AM   #2
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IMO, the holes are there so one could fine tune the hitch if needed. (i.e. slide out to help tail gate clear the jack) Maybe some else has a better idea.

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Old 09-03-2016, 02:22 PM   #3
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Look and see if both holes are the same size. I bet they're not.
The second hole is for a J-Pin stabilizer. It's to eliminate the slop between the receiver and drawbar.

Here's a picture of it.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:37 AM   #4
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2" apart does not look like that J-pin.
If they truly are the same size, and either will take a standard pin, I would put the drawbar in as far as possible. The closer your TW is to the rear axle, the better the stability. Further away increases potential for sway. (hey, I'm a poet!!)
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:33 PM   #5
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You may need to check with a Reese dealer but I remember reading somewhere that the hole closest to the ball provides the most TW rating for the shank. That is the hole I always use.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:34 AM   #6
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My Reese drawbar has two holes also. The furthest forward hole is labeled as 10,000# and the rearward one is labeled as 12,000# so I would say go with the furthest rearward hole.
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:11 PM   #7
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The farther "in" you can insert the shank the better (to a point). Often times, a shank with two holes has different ratings depending on which hole you use.

The farther out the shank is, the more leverage the tongue has on things and thus the less rating. The farther in the shank is, the less leverage the tongue has and thus the higher rating.

Two holes in the receiver doubles the options, but same rules apply.

I would insert the shank as far as it will go... unless it interferes with things... or it affects your turning too much.

Keep in mind, how far the shank is inserted will also affect your WD system performance.

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